Vol. 51, No. 21Fifth Week • Spring Semester • Feb. 23, 2004

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The Princely Players to open spring Artists Series

UW-Eau Claire hosts Fulbright Scholar from Islamic University of Gaza

March 4 event to celebrate teaching

UW-Eau Claire University Theatre to present ‘Cabaret’

National TRIO Day recognized

Campus Campaign 2003-04:

Pics by Rick: Winter wonderland


The Princely Players to open spring Artists Series
Princely PlayersThe Princely Players, an eight-member vocal ensemble from Nashville, will present the songs that galvanized the freedom struggle of Africans in America at its performance Wednesday, Feb. 25, at UW-Eau Claire.

Titled “On the Road to Glory,” the Artists Series presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

“On the Road to Glory” presents the songs of hope and liberation — “Amazing Grace,” “Steal Away,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “We Shall Overcome” and many others — that bound people together in the struggle against slavery and racial discrimination. The centuries-long struggle for freedom by Africans in America stands as an example of the power of the human spirit, a testament that still speaks to oppressed people today. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire hosts Fulbright Scholar from Islamic University of Gaza
UW-Eau Claire is hosting Fulbright Visiting Scholar Mohamed Riffi from Gaza, Palestine, for the current academic year.

Riffi, an associate professor of mathematics at Islamic University of Gaza in Rimal, Gaza, is one of approximately 800 foreign faculty and professionals brought to the United States this year to teach and do research through the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Riffi teaches probability theory and mathematical statistics courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels at his home university. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt; a master’s degree in mathematics from Ohio University; and a Ph.D. in Probability Theory from Northwestern University.

While at UW-Eau Claire, he is researching the use of technology as a tool in the teaching of mathematics. In addition, he is teaching a statistics course this semester. Full story. Go to top of page

March 4 event to celebrate teaching

Teacher and author Karen Hale Hankins with student
Award-winning first-grade teacher and author Karen Hale Hankins will be the featured speaker. She'll talk about her book, "Teaching Through the Storm: One Teacher's Journal of Hope."

An event to celebrate the profession of teaching will be held 6:30 p.m. March 4 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire.

“Celebrate Teaching 2004” is open to teachers from the community and the university, students who are preparing to become teachers and others who are interested in celebrating the education profession.

Education students provided the impetus for the celebration, which School of Education Associate Dean Katherine Rhoades hopes will become an annual event.

“The students said that they wanted to come together to celebrate our profession, so we decided to do something about that,” Rhoades said, noting that the university’s School of Education has much to celebrate. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire University Theatre to present ‘Cabaret’
Cabaret logoThe Music and Theatre Arts Department will present the musical “Cabaret” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Riverside Theatre on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Additional performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 2-6 and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 7.

The musical team of John Kander and Fred Ebb explore the life of pre-WWII Germany in Cabaret. The original Broadway production received eight Tony Awards and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. The 1998 revival received four Tony awards, including Best Revival.

“‘Cabaret,’ is a provocative and challenging musical that deals with mature subject matter,” says director Richard Nimke, assistant professor of theatre.

Toni Poll-Sorensen, professor of dance, is the choreographer, and Mitra Sadeghpour, assistant professor of music, is the music director and conductor. Full story and ticket information. Go to top of page

National TRIO Day recognized

Marjean Rude and Twink Hanson
Marjean Rude (left), a nontraditional elementary education student, was congratulated by Twink Hanson, Educational Opportunity Center, for receiving the TRIO Dedication Award. (Photo by Bruce Dybvik)

UW-Eau Claire recognized National TRIO Day with a program and awards ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Davies Theatre. Awards were presented to outstanding TRIO students and to UW-Eau Claire staff members who have provided exceptional service for TRIO programs.

TRIO programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to promote the academic achievement of students from families of limited income, students whose parents do not have a college degree and students with disabilities. Program participants range in age from sixth-graders to adults.

UW-Eau Claire currently operates four TRIO projects: Upward Bound, Student Support Services, the Educational Opportunity Center and the McNair Program. Go to top of page

Campus Campaign 2003-04
In their own words: Faculty, staff share why they give to Campus Campaign
Campus Campaign (Empowering Each Other) logoBarbara Solfest supports a scholarship she once received as an undergraduate. Michael Carney wants to give back to the place where he earned his bachelor's degree and where he now pursues his career as a faculty member. Jim Knutson-Kolodzne hopes to help increase the level of diversity on campus. Their motivations are varied, but they and many other UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members have made the same decision: to participate in the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Campus Campaign 2003-04. Eight faculty and staff members recently shared their reasons for participating as February, the official month of Campus Campaign 2003-04, enters its final week. Full story. Go to top of page

Pics by Rick: Winter wonderland
Photographer Rick Mickelson, Teaching and Learning Technology Development Center, recently captured a beautiful winter morning in these photos.

Campus shot in winter
Closeup of frost on branch with berries
Closeup of frost on pine needles

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